“The reaction to Fever has far surpassed my expectations,” says 23-year-old B. Traits when asked about her debut single, one of the most anticipated dance tracks of the year.
Chris Clark, the UK electronic musician/producer – shortened down to just Clark in recent years – has turned out a fine new album. Iradelphic is gorgeous dose of diverse sounds from low-key techno and expansive electronica, to minimalist pianos and vocals from Marina Topley Bird.
Plan B has always positioned himself as a provocative artist. One who seeks change. Equally he is not scared of shying away from big, thorny issues. His new single iLL Manors has received great praise from both The Independent’s Tim Walker and The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey. Fearful that the artist has overlooked those he is trying to represent, whilst wildly contradicting an editorial he wrote in The Sun in the wake of the riots, it’s worth listening to the track anew.
Full of energy in terms of the music and delivery of the MCs within grime, it was certainly an exciting movement in the early noughties. One of the producers who really stood out for me during this time was Davinche who was a fellow south-east Londoner, mainly working with the Essentials crew. His tracks had a degree of musicality and melody that meant they would always stick in your mind (for instance, Kano’s debut single P’s & Q’s). In the years since then, grime has faded away a little, but Davinche has continued to make music and has an exciting album project in the pipeline.
Over the bank holiday weekend at the beginning of April there will be big weekend-long party happening in the Midlands that everyone has been raving about for months. Ibiza’s world-famous party promoters Circo Loco are descending on Birmingham for two days and nights of musical mayhem, featuring one of the biggest line-ups yet seen in the UK – including Jamie Jones (pictured) and dozens more.
For some solo artists the easy route just isn’t appealing. Rather than decamp to East London with a banjo and simple melodies, County Meath’s Wallis Bird opted to explore her personal contradictions in Germany’s introspective spaces, allowing her vitriolic song-writing to thrive.
Having struggled to break into music as a youngster, Gavin Herlihy turned his hand to writing and became a journalist, which in turn helped facilitate a move back into music – first DJing and, eventually, production. He’s certainly not the only music journo to have ever made the transition from writing about it to making it (or juggling both professions), but he’s been making strides in terms of his musical output in recent months.
One of the chief up and comers within the female MC realms of the urban hemisphere is London’s Amplify Dot, whose multifaceted efforts in both fashion and music have got tongues wagging. She discusses the deep nature of her recent EP, her clothing line and plans for her record label.
Marc Houle is Canadian-born techno titan, a man who has an inffalible musical output laden with synths, melodies and, often, a strong nod to the past.
Back in 2009, an unknown producer going by the name of Deadboy burst on to the scene with a track called ‘U Cheated’ which went on to be supported by a host of respected underground DJs. But before then the producer was creating an array of music, from grime and garage to house and techno.
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